Mariana San Martín is a Lecturer in Spanish at MIT, where she teaches classes at all language levels. She received an M.A. in Hispanic Literatures from Harvard University in 2003. Prior to joining MIT in 2014, she taught Spanish at Harvard for 10 years, both in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Harvard Extension School. She has extensive study-abroad teaching experience and was closely involved in the development of the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Program in Buenos Aires.
Her pedagogical and research interests include the psychology of language learning, designing instructional materials that integrate innovative digital tools, incorporating visual arts into language classes, and teaching vocabulary to beginner learners. She is particularly interested in the practical applications of foreign language learning and focuses on helping students connect their developing language skills with their professional interests. At MIT, for instance, she offers a content-based language and culture course in Spanish that explores current topics in the fields of medicine and public health in the Hispanic world.
San Martín received the Harvard Romance Languages and Literatures Departmental Teaching Prize and the Carmen S. Bonnano Award for Excellence in the Teaching of a Foreign Language from the Harvard Extension School.
2003 MA Harvard University
2000 BA Harvard Extension School